25 May, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #I-Don't-Know

My sister and her kids arrive here in less than a month. I am very excited to have some of my family see where I live. I've been thinking of places to show off to the southerners. So here are thirteen suggestions (by no means definite) things to do when the family arrive. Hope I don't sound like a travel brochure.
  1. Go to the full moon drum circle on The Strand (beachfront) that will occur.... at full moon (22nd of June). I think Michelle will be here then. I hope so. It's so much fun for people of all ages - it attracts a couple of hundred people each time.
  2. Visit my old home - Magnetic Island. The beaches are great; there's wildlife galore, particularly wallabies, koalas and possums (hmmm); and it's just half an hour from the mainland.
  3. Visit ReefHQ - an aquarium with a huge coral reef display, and lots of interactive stuff for the kids.
  4. Billabong Sanctuary - a big animal park where you can cuddle koalas and snakes and watch the big crocs - and all the usual stuff you do at an animal park.
  5. Airlie Beach - gateway to the Whitsundays. A huge man-made lagoon is here, perfect for the kids to swim in (and so much better than the mud flat that is the real beach).
  6. Whitehaven Beach - on Whitsunday Island, not far from Airlie Beach. When you picture the Whitsundays (or any tropical Australian beach), you'll picture Whitehaven. Think a couple walking along a beach on a cigarette ad. That's it.
  7. Paluma. This is the southernmost part of the wet tropics (rainforest). Nice and cool with waterfalls and crystal clear water (one of the creeks is actually called Crystal Creek).
  8. Frosty Mango. On the way to Paluma - an icecreamery with icecreams made from tropical fruits. A MUST.
  9. Atherton tablelands. Dairy farming country surrounded by rainforests. Yungaburra has a great Swiss-Australian (??) restaurant. And in Malanda you can look for tree kangaroos.
  10. The Strand waterpark. A big free park with now swimming pools. Just lots of sprinklers and water falling from a huge bucket... I can't explain it too well, but lots of fun for kids (big and small).
  11. Charters Towers. This is really getting towards the outback. It's mining country and cowboy country. I've only been there a couple of times and am not really sure what there is to do there. The rivers are great to swim in - and because it's inland, there's no crocs (well, no salties at least).
  12. Bowen, Dingo Beach area. Lots of sea turtles around here. And not much else to be quite honest. Though lots of mangoes during mango season. Which is in summer. Shame.
  13. Relaxing at home while the kids watch a DVD and Michelle and I have a few glasses of wine and some good food.


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18 Comments:

Blogger Ardice said...

They all sound like great places to visit especially #8 *hehehe* I hope you all have a wonderful time together.

Thanks for the visit. Have a lovely day. Be Well...

8:28 pm  
Blogger Wendy A said...

I liked the last one. The wine and good food. enjoy!

9:41 pm  
Blogger Susan said...

Oh I love koalas!!!your list seems got to do with water hehe I cant swim but i love just walking on the beach and just hear the sound of waves.

#13 sounds relaxing! Happy thursday!

9:56 pm  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, sounds wonderful...I may have to come visit you. What a good auntie you are to have so many cool places.

11:13 pm  
Blogger Cristie said...

Wow, your list is Great!! I so wanna do all those things too! Since I hate cold weather, this list seems like a part of Heaven to me. Thanks for stopping by my TT!

12:22 am  
Blogger Carmen said...

Remind me when I come back down under to have you as a tour guide!

1:34 am  
Blogger Wystful1 said...

Oh would I love to see alllllllll you have on your list.

Drop by and see if you can guess my T 13

1:41 am  
Blogger Ma said...

Sounds like lots of fun and good places to visit. Mangoes, yummmmmmmm! I love mangoes, it's one of my favorite fruit. Happy Thursday.

Thank you for visiting my TT.

4:42 am  
Blogger Chi said...

# 2 would be fun I think....I'd love to see the wildlife there & # 8 sounds absolutely yummy! *s*

6:21 am  
Blogger shellyC said...

We are only coming for two weeks...should I rebook and stay longer!!!

7:15 am  
Blogger Susan said...

Sounds like a great time!! We have a drum circle near my house that is so fun...

My TT is up here.

7:45 am  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That sounds like a GREAT list to me...I wish I was your sister and you were taking me to those places. *S*

All of you will have a great time no matter where you go!

8:30 am  
Blogger Socks, Abby and Blackie said...

sounds like fun. I hope that you enjoy your visit

my tt is up
reflectionsinthemirror.com

11:16 am  
Blogger EmilyRoseJewel said...

You will have a great visit for sure. Don't get too worn out with all the outings. Take some time just to hang and enjoy the company. It'll be wonderful! My list is up!

11:30 am  
Blogger Laura said...

#13 sounds perfect!
my tt is up.

1:26 pm  
Blogger Jen said...

Ooh, those all sound so neat! Can I come along, too? ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

1:48 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

DAMN!!! I knew I should have booked a ticket!

Not sure if three little kids will be able to visit every place, but have a jolly good time trying.

4:04 pm  
Blogger Christine said...

I was one of those blogs with the music, until my husband suggested I take it off. He said it might turn people off. Last TT, I noticed I'd link, but blogger was acting up and couldn't comment.I still emailed the person to let them know I wasn't linking and running.
Thanks for stopping by my TT! Have a great Thursday! :P

2:42 am  

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